In Gatlin, Nebraska there are no adults. All the children have killed them because a freaky youngster called “He Who Walks Behind The Rows” told them to do this. It was carried out to ensure a successful harvest. Unfortunately a young couple (Peter Horton & Linda Hamilton) arrive at the town and get mixed up with the creepy kiddies who are told to sacrifice them. There are also internal politics brewing between the children which lands poor old Gatlin in some hot water, or should we say burning rows of corn.
Based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name, 1984’s Children Of The Corn heralded the beginning of Hollywood’s assault on his short story collection. Films like Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining & The Dead Zone had proved his name was bankable but the poor man could only write so fast. Luckily (or perhaps unluckily), he had written slew of short stories that had yet to be tapped as film projects.
Looking back on it, the idea of a demonic entity that entices all the children in the town to murder all the adults in a ritual-like fashion sounds amazing. Alas, the film doesn’t quite live up to its potential. The script, acting and production values all fall short. It’s just nowhere near as creepy or iconic as it could’ve been. A damn shame, really.
Welp, today the Nostalgia Critic shares his two cents.
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